Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is an unimaginably large expanse of semi-desert in Southern Africa. It comprises of 36 000 sq km (3 600 000 ha), two thirds of which lie in Botswana and the remainder in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. It is fully protected and internally unfenced, allowing animals to move freely across national boundaries to access food and water resources which are essential for survival in the desert. The park is jointly managed by both countries so you can enter customs on one side and exit through the other country. The reserve itself is a never ending landscape of scrubby grassland and low red sand dunes with occasional salt pans. The only major water feature is the dry Nossop River which runs from the north to the south of the park. Although only flowing approximately once a century it does provide a suitable habitat for Camelthorn Acacias, the only trees found in the park. A mighty summer storm in the Kgalagadi is one of nature’s finest events. The rain pelts down, striking lightening turns the night to day and the crashes of thunder are so loud you feel it in your bones.